This offseason the Carolina Panthers front office has been focused on keeping their core players. After signing tight end Greg Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers agreed to a two-year contract extension with outside linebacker Thomas Davis.
It was clearly important to Davis that he would be able to remain with the Panthers and said after he signed the extension: “Signing this extension is something I've wanted to do all along, and it just confirms that I now get to officially end my career as a Carolina Panther and that means the world to me," Davis said. "You see so many guys come through this league that can't say they finished with the same team. It's truly an honor. I feel this is the best organization in the entire league, and I don't take this for granted."
Davis’ career in Carolina has not been easy, suffering three ACL tears and was only able to play in nine games over a three year period from 2009 to 2011. Since that stretch, he has been one of the better outside linebackers in the game today. He has had three consecutive 100+ tackle seasons and has 6.5 sacks the past two seasons.
This offseason in particular has been a rewarding one for Davis who not only got an extension, but won the Walter Payton’s NFL Man of the Year award, announced the Panthers’ first round pick at the NFL Draft and drove the pace car for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.
The Charlotte Observer’s Joseph Person is reporting the deal is worth $18 million over the next three seasons. If this is true, the six million dollar average salary for this extension would only be the 18th highest average among outside linebackers, according to Spotrac. This is more than a fair deal for the production and leadership that Thomas Davis brings to the Carolina Panthers.
Brandon Croce is the Lead Publisher for PantherInsider.com. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonCroce.